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Boris Johnson

EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier walks back to his hotel in Westminster after leaving meetings on Victoria Street, London, during a break in talks as efforts continue to strike a post-Brexit trade deal in October last year - Credit: PA

Boris Johnson

Brexit talks with Britain were plagued by ‘Tory quarrels and low blows’, says Michel Barnier

Britain’s Brexit trade deal with the EU was determined by “quarrels, low blows, [and] multiple betrayals” by self-aggrandizing Tory MPs, Michel Barnier has written in his long-awaited memoirs. The UK’s problem, writes Barnier in The Great Illusion, was that it began negotiations by “talking to themselves,” leading its negotiating team to “underestimate the legal complexity of this divorce, […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson listens to Labour leader Keir Starmer during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London - Credit: PA

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PMQs: Keir Starmer accuses Boris Johnson of ‘sleaze, cronyism and scandal’ over Downing Street refurb

Sir Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of “sleaze, cronyism and scandal” after the Electoral Commission launched an investigation into the refurb of the prime minister’s Downing Street flat. Sir Keir used Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) to grill Johnson over the Commission’s announcement. “Who initially, and prime minister, initially is the key word here, who initially […]
Work and pension minister Therese Coffey said the public was not interested in 'some wallpaper or sofas' in Boris Johnson's flat - Credit: Sky News

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Minister downplays concerns surrounding PM’s flat refurb claiming public ‘aren’t interested in wallpaper or sofas’

A cabinet minister has downplayed concerns over the refurbishment of Boris Johnson’s official residency by Tory Party donors, declaring the public was not interested in “some wallpaper or sofas”. Work and pensions minister Therese Coffey also said “the right declarations will be made” in due course showing the prime minister is personally paying for the £200,000 refurbishment. Questions have […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson (right) and former defence minister Johnny Mercer (centre) during a service at the cenotaph in St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, to mark Armistice Day in 2019 - Credit: PA

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Ex-minister says Boris Johnson’s government is a ‘cesspit’ where ‘almost nobody’ tells the truth

A former defence minister has described Boris Johnson’s government as a “cesspit” and the “most distrustful, awful environment” that he has ever worked in. A day after quitting his job, Johnny Mercer launched an extraordinary attack on Johnson and fellow ministers, accusing them of being “cowards” for backtracking on promises to end “vexatious historical investigations” of veterans who […]
Prime minister Boris Johnson at a media briefing - Credit: PA

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Scathing report accuses Boris Johnson of ‘only caring for England’

A scathing new report has accused Boris Johnson of “speaking for England alone” and having “considerable indifference” to the devolved nations. Research from the University of Cambridge’s Bennett Institute for Public Policy accuses Westminster of treating devolved administrations with contempt and handling the maintaining of the Union as “someone else’s problem”. The “Union at the Crossroads” document comes […]
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford (pictured above) said his party would "look constructively" at Boris Johnson's proposals for a Covid passport scheme - Credit: PA

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SNP ‘looking constructively’ at Covid passport scheme amid speculation it could back proposals

The SNP is “constructively” looking at proposals for a Covid passport scheme amid reports it could support the measures in a House of Commons vote. Some 41 Tory MPs and Labour have hardened their positions against the “Covid Status Certification” programme, warning the checks would create a “two-tier” nation. But the government’s fortunes could be turning after Ian Blackford, the SNP’s […]